Converge
Jane Doe


5.0
classic

Review

by Defeater USER (5 Reviews)
March 3rd, 2011 | 194 replies


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Personal experience solidifies a legitimate record.

Anyone coming out of college right now knows the tough reality within the job market. On top of the ridiculously priced piece of paper that took four or more years to earn, there’s even a requirement of experience for opening positions. And with the inclusion of the unemployed people present in the job market moving backwards to take these beginning positions from the emerging workforce, stepping out into the world post-university can be an enormous frustration. This must be what it felt like to everyone else within the underground metal scene when Converge released Jane Doe. The band, which had earned their place in the decade of their existence prior to the release of the album, completely dismantled their competition and set the standard for a purely emotional experience.

The concept is fairly average and vastly explored: the emotional fallout from a relationship. However, the way it is approached brings fresh ideas and viewpoints to light. An album that’s as heavy as the emotional burden carried by the writer, the primary objective is to assault the listener with the same fury and violence brought onto the lyricist. This is where the band clearly succeeds. The music, influenced by styles of metal ranging from thrash to grind, throws everything into the pot to create an event and not an album. The guitar passages are technical and dissonant, and the drumming varied and intense, with the bass slowly hacking away at the perpetrator as the theme progresses. It doesn’t matter what genre you consider this to be; the focus on such an idea would be to entirely miss the point.

There’s a particular issue which usually confronts listeners on the first examination of the album, and there’s no question it’s the most difficult to digest. The decision to use a harsh and extremely uncomfortable vocal delivery style can turn many away for a period of time. There are one million hyperboles that could be placed here to describe them, but it remains that the emotional and often indistinguishable vocals perfectly fit the music and feeling of abandonment. The strong usage of dark themes and lyrics putting the damage created into words can be too much to handle, but can also be relatable to anyone who has gone through turbulent times with somebody in their life. And besides, the emotional experience will always trump the music.


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DinoX
March 3rd 2011


3582 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Pretty decent short review but the whole intro seemed kind of long and unnecessary especially when considering how short the review is.

Inb4 not another one.

Slum
March 3rd 2011


2579 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good album or something

AnotherBrick
March 3rd 2011


9772 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

album blows. why are you rating it a 5?

Defeater
March 3rd 2011


5782 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I can definitely see that. I have a habit of connecting the music in my life to an actual experience. And I could care less if there's "too many" reviews of it, I don't write for the community.

ShadowRemains
March 3rd 2011


21644 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hey at least its not another radiohead or brand new review

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
March 3rd 2011


16947 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

i liked the intro

Digging: Low Roar - 0

AnotherBrick
March 3rd 2011


9772 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

anyone who bitches about too many reviews is a retard. and i'm posing just cause i heart you. oh and it was well written

cvlts
March 3rd 2011


8986 Comments


hey at least its not another radiohead or brand new review

no, its a fuckin Jane Doe review

;]

FatChickIrl
March 3rd 2011


4095 Comments


hey at least its not another converge review

Enotron
March 3rd 2011


7695 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

awesome review

EddardStark
March 3rd 2011


27 Comments


Converge fucking sucks.

InFiction
March 3rd 2011


3714 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Good review. Short, but to the point.

Slum
March 3rd 2011


2579 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@Ed




lol

EddardStark
March 3rd 2011


27 Comments


I just cannot stand them.

I'd rather take the black and serve the realm than listen to Converge.

EddardStark
March 3rd 2011


27 Comments


I would rather be a bastard or a halfling than listen to Converge.

Of course I have a bastard son, Jon Snow. He took the black.

ButcheredChildren
March 3rd 2011


5590 Comments


woo I gave it the same rating

Xenophanes
Emeritus
March 3rd 2011


10666 Comments


You're impressing the hell out of me, Defeater.

Digging: Blut Aus Nord - Memoria Vetusta III - Saturnian Poetry

FreePizzaDay
March 3rd 2011


1526 Comments


No one cares what you would do because you're dead, Ned. You lost your head.

ButcheredChildren
March 3rd 2011


5590 Comments


I gave this a 5 as well, yah

Ponton
Emeritus
March 3rd 2011


5820 Comments


me too!

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